Born: May 15, 1956
Known for: The Marysville native is one the area's most successful golfers, winning eight tournaments during a 15-year career on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour.
Background: Miller, who honed her game at Plumas Lake Golf and Country Club in Marysville, graduated from Arizona State University in 1978, the first year she competed on the LPGA tour. She captured seven LPGA events from 1983-85, including four in 1985. That year, she won the Nabisco Dinah Shore tournament, one of the LPGA's major events. Asked about her success during those three years, she told The Bee in 2003, "I think it was just a matter of getting in position enough times that sooner or later you just fall out of the tree. And once you do as a young player, you realize you don't have to play perfect golf to win. I think people who haven't won think everything has to go their way." She earned $1.1 million during her playing career.
A highlight: Miller was the LPGA's Comeback Player of the Year in 1991, when she won the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff. She has also served as president of the LPGA's executive committee.
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